In a cafe, people spend their time talking to each other about what’s on their mind. They talk about troubles with love, spread gossip about a friend of a friend and tell about the time they saw a flying fish. The waitress of the cafe tries to teach a lesson to a boy that just broke up with his girlfriend that relationships don’t end when the people involved part ways. Overall, the other people in the cafe also become influenced by what tools of humanity and the human language can do for relationships between lovers and friends. The unbelievable is always tested by science and our own imaginations...
In a dark and dystopic future, the environment of Earth has been destroyed by its human inhabitants. The remainder of mankind live in a physical “gap” between what is known as the lower level, and the unknown sky above. In this dreary and mechanical existence, the melancholy Ura works to restore the memories of the past, as part of the Archive Excavation Department. Along with Riko, his sole companion, Ura will soon discover a mysterious remnant of the past which may prove that there is more to their existence than meets the eye...
Both Pale Cocoon and Aquatic Language are intelligent anime that take an eccentric tone. Each leaves the audience with a lingering thought that no matter many times they rewatch it, they will always miss something.
Pale Cocoon and Mizu No Kotoba are two great OVAs that share similar characters, similar designs and a not-so-similar plot which is able to leave you open-mouthed.
Both of these titles are very similar, and not just because they were made by the same guy. Aquatic Language and Pale Cocoon share similar art, feelings, tones, and character designs. When you finish either of these titles you are left with that same special feeling that is unique to them.
Mizu no Kotoba and Pale Cocoon share the same sort of languid, non-dramatic style of storytelling, decorated with sometimes breathtaking scene changes. Although both stories are science fiction in their basic material, their true common theme is of human self-understanding and interrelation.
Both Mizu no Kotoba and Pale cocoon are trying to express philosophical issues through artistic beauty and it is just the right blend of both. They are to anime what haiku is to poetry, fitting an enormous amount of content into just a few minutes, while maintaining their integrity.
Aquatic language and Pale Cocoon have a similar drawingstyle, and both short animes have a melancholic feeling to them. There's also a feeling of lazyness, things seem so clear and unquestonable - but there's a deeper meaning in everything, and it begins to unfold itself.
Both titles share the same way of slow-paced storytelling, involving intelligent dialogs and lots of hidden messages. The artwork is very similar, both made by Yasuhiro Yoshiura. The theme is completely different, though.
They both are visually stunning pieces of work that while of different genres they both leave little doubt that they are trying to tell something deeper to the viewer than what they actually see.
In the future, androids live side by side with humans – but not as their equals, as their slaves. Though they look identical, these androids must display a holographic ring over their heads so the difference is clear. One day, a boy named Rikuo finds abnormal activity patterns in the logs of his own android, and alongside his friend Masaki, he sets forth to find where the android has been. Much to their surprise, the duo discovers a secret café known as Eve no Jikan with a single rule: within its walls, there must be no discrimination between humans and robots. In this place, androids appear to be human and are even displaying signs of independence – a trait that should not be possible. Rikou finds his perceptions increasingly challenged as he struggles to come to terms with his own android, and the relationship between man and machines...
Unsurprisingly, considering both animes were both created by the same team, they share a very similar animation style, musical score and general 'feel'.
The similarities however are far more profound as both share themes which could lead one to deduce that they are perhaps set in the set world/time and therefore are part of a series?
Either way both animes are superb for anyone with any interest in future-world/robot anime but wishes to see them approached in perhaps a slightly more intelligent thoughtful manner.
Both of these series are short and both are set in cafes. Now, the trouble with the reason why you should watch Aquatic Language if you've seen Eve no Jikan, is that if I said it, it would be a spoiler. Needless to say, each of the series takes the lives of ordinary people in a slightly, not ordinary world and gives you a small insight into their lives. Both are exceptionally well animated and have a strange mystical quality about them.
The secondary connections are that they are character driven series set in cafes.
The connection that I'm actually recommending them for each other for is already to easy to guess but suffice it to say both contain a sci-fi element.
Yasuhiro Yoshiura is the man behind both Time of Eve and Aquatic Language, so they share many common factors: the location, quirky music, and weird directorial style. AL is something of a prequel or even an earlier draft of Eve; they both take place in a mysterious cafe, focus on the conversations of different characters, and deal with discrimination. If you enjoy one, the other may not surprise you, but it will interest you to see how Yoshiura's work has evolved from 2002 to 2008.
Coming from the same place both are visually beautiful pieces of work that makes them a pleasure to watch. Besides both of them taking place in a cafe both also have androids in them though both also tending to follow around more normal people than the androids themselves. If nothing else Mizu no Kotoba may be seen more as a predecessor to Eve no Jikan. If you liked one then you probably like the other.
Both Eve no Jikan and Mizu no Kotoba have a very similar feel to them and share particularly similar visuals. Both essentially centre on snippets of random people's lives that are on display in a cafe environment so if you like that, then both of these are for you.
Both have a similar style and setting. Not a surprise considering they have the same animators. However, even beyond that, the cafe seems to be a focal point where lessons are learned.
Love can be found in a variety of places, including an ordinary classroom. For one young woman, confessing to her handsome classmate will be a feat of epic proportions! With one hand written letter, she gathers the courage to finally break the news, but has no idea her work of art will touch the heart of a special child, as well. Will the young man return her affections, or is she doomed to the life of a bachelorette?
These two little shorts have a similar sort of thoughtful animation style that makes the lack of solid plot forgivable. They're very short so if you enjoyed watching one then give the other a try.